3D Kanojo: Real Girl is one of the many romances that is airing this spring.
The story follows Hikari, an otaku who has sworn off 3D girls in favor of anime and games. One day, he meets Iroha, a girl with a promiscuous reputation and a penchant for cutting class. However, the two quickly learn that reputations and first-impressions shouldn’t be used to judge others.
3D Kanojo may seem like an otaku wish-fulfillment story, but it is filled with potential. Here are some reasons you dive into the anime’s premiere.
1There’s no otaku pandering.
Don’t let Hikari being a self-proclaimed otaku lead you to believe that this is a wish-fulfillment story. Hikari is less of a self-insert and more of a painful reminder of how social outcasts can develop toxic attitudes. He’s been a victim of bullying and labeled as “gross” for enjoying anime – especial magical girl shows. This treatment causes Hikari to act abrasively since he assumes the worst of people.
On the flip side, Iroha is treated as an object of lust by guys and is shunned by girls for having a seemingly “loose” personality. She does enjoy teasing and is comfortable with her body, but Iroha feels isolated in the crowd since people don’t try to get to know her on a personal level. Iroha is also blunt, which draws the ire of her classmates.
The co-leads’ personalities have more depth than you’d expect from only glancing at a synopsis.
2Exploring how social isolation can bring people together.
The most interesting hook of the series will be tied to how it depicts social isolation. Our main couple is treated as outcasts and they cope in their own way.
Hikari withdraws from the real world and escapes into anime, while Iroha uses sarcasm to undercut personal attacks. Both of them don’t fit in with their school’s dynamics but are comfortable when together. It’s a hook that can add a lot of heart to the story if executed well.
33D Kanojo starts where most romances end.
3D Kanojo doesn’t play the “will they, won’t they?” game. Hikari and Iroha quickly become a couple, with their emotions and relationship being developed as the story progresses.
4Iroha is a compelling lead.
Iroha is a breath of fresh air in the genre. She’s charismatic, has agency, and doesn’t act as a stock character trope. Hikari is initially presented as abrasive, so Iroha’s more bubbly personality contrasts perfectly. She also has some great sarcastic comebacks.
5The deadpan snark.
Seriously, the anime is dripping with sarcasm.
Fans looking for a more serious story and relatable characters should give 3D Kanojo a chance. You can simulcast the anime at HIDIVE.